The experimenting theatre
group founded in early 1970-s in Moscow by Serguei Melkonian
under the name of "Avanguard" that gradually grew
up to become (since 1978) today's famous International Arlekin
Theatre was like a seed from which the Russian Acting School
mostly known as SM Drama Academy with branches in Moscow,
and Los Angeles has been developed.Arlekin is a completely
new and innovative theatre for a new century. Its unique style
is based on principles, ideas and teachings of outstanding
Russian theater directors such as E. Vakhtangov, V. Meyerkhold
and Michael Checkov in combination with Italian commedia dell'arte
(comedy of masks) performing particularities.
The International Arlekin
Theatre, Inc. (IAT, Inc.) has been established as a result
of enterprising activities of Arlekin Theatre.
It was registered on
March 4, 1991 in the State of California.
The main activities of IAT, Inc. have been creation of live
Theatre productions and TV productions as well as establishing
and developing the Russian Acting School under the name of
SM Drama Academy.
IAT, Inc. proudly considers itself as a live cultural bridge
between Russia and America. IAT, Inc. became the initiator
and inspirer of the First Festival of Russian theaters in
Los Angeles which is entitled "ARLEKINADA".
The independent Arlekin Theatre that celebrated its 30th anniversary
in March 2002 has been performing throughout the former Soviet
Union, West European countries and California for the passed
three decades. The Theatre is a unique international troupe
admitted to be one of the best stages in California.
It's a prizewinner
of numerous prestigiouacting contests and theatrical festivals.Back
to the enterprise activities of IAT Inc., it should be indicated
that International Arlekin Theatre was registered as Corporation
"C". It is free from debts to financial institutions
as well as to individuals. In contrast, IAT Corp. has total
receivables from six entities - two joint ventures (one Russian
and one US company) and four branches.Whatever successful
enterprising and business activities, main goal of IAT, Inc.
was, still remains and is going to be the support of new experimenting
theater groups, seeking young talented people and helping
them in their acting carriers, developing the theatrical movement
as a whole, and at last but not least - contributing to the
process of cultural rapprochement of Russia and the U.S.A
as well as helping build the relations of true friendship
between these two great nations.